HIGHLIGHTS – March 2018 Under 5 Minute Festival

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: TO QUIET THE MIND

BEST PERFORMANCES: CHINESE TAKEOUT FOR ONE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: BREATHE

BEST MUSIC: I NEED YOU

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterCHINESE TAKEOUT FOR ONE, 3min., Drama/Romance
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festival posterI NEED YOU, 5min., USA, Thriller/Romance
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festival posterONE MAGAZINE AT A TIME, 4min., USA, Documentary
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festival posterRYKER, 4min., USA, Action/Drama
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festival posterBREATHE, 4min., USA, Documentary
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festival posterUNCANNY VALLEY, 4min., USA, Drama
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festival posterTO QUIET MY MIND, 5min., USA, Experimental
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festival posterTHE CASSETTE, 5min., USA, Drama
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“This was the best one yet!” – Said the two Festival Directors who wrote me (in separate texts) minutes after the 3rd Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival event of 2018 was completed.

It was definitely the best audience so far! Lots of engagement in the near sell out crowd of over 200 attendees.

The theme of the even was TRUTH VS LIES. Every film had situations where the truth was not happening and people venturing out to find it.

This was a night of the best of drama short from around the world in the first half (Japan, India, UK) and a selection of the best Under 5 minute short films from the United States in the 2nd half.

The MVP of this event was actually 2,200 miles away in Toronto while the event was happening: Our editor John Johnson. We was able to put together 11 feedback videos for each film in over 1 hour of conversations that moderator Shepsut Wilson had with the audience.

This was the first time we ever attempted the Under 5 Minute lineup in Los Angeles and it definitely won’t be the last. The crowd seemed to really like this concept.

Three festivals down in Los Angeles for 2018, and nine more to go. And LA has not even seen the best yet! Some amazing films coming this Spring and Summer.

See you at the festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

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HIGHLIGHTS: January 2018 Under 5min. Festival

FILM AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FILM: Our Wonderful Nature

BEST PERFORMANCE: Mamma

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: City of My Heart

BEST MUSIC: The Flow

    Watch Audience FEEDBACK Videos:

festival posterBOLD GREEN, 28min., Germany, Romance/Drama
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festival posterMARTINA, OH MARTINA, 12min., Spain, Romance/Drama
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festival posterMAMMA, 5min., Italy, Crime/Thriller
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festival posterTHE FLOW, 3min., Belgium, Adventure
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festival posterCITY OF MY HEART, 4min., Greece, Documentary
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festival posterSTUPID SMARTPHONE THERAPY, 4min., Germany, Experimental
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festival posterHONEYMOON, 3min., Switzerland, Romance
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festival poster21ST CENTURY HERMIT, 3min., UK, Documentary
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festival posterTHE WAVES, 4min., UK, Animation
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festival posterOUR WONDERFUL NATURE, 3min., Germany, Animation
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festival posterDEAR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, 4min., UK, Documentary/War
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festival posterBE THE ONE, 5min., Switzerland, Crime/Music Video
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The theme of the EUROPEAN Short Film Festival was “DETERMINATION”

Every film was about a character who had a purpose to venture beyond the situation they were currently in.

The 2018 season had its 2nd FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto (3rd overall), with a showcased of the best EUROPEAN Short Films from around the world – with 10 of the 12 films being Under 5 minutes in length.

The Under 5 Minute Film Festival has turned out to be one of our most popular events. When I went to Film School back in the day, our guest professor, a well regarded and successful filmmaker, kept telling his students that if you can’t make an engaging 30 second film with a beginning/middle/end, then you have no right making a 1 minute film, much less a longer short or a feature movie. He kept wanting us to go out and make films Under 5 Minutes in length so we truly understood the art of filmmaking and storytelling. This is what all of the great filmmakers have done.

This is what this festival is about. Showcasing amazing stories will little length time. For for the filmmakers to showcase their talent, and work on their art under 5 minutes at a time.

With a showcase of films from all over Europe in various genres from Animation to Comedy to Romance to Thriller – this became one of our most popular events in our history.

Thanks again to the Festival Coordinators Mary Cox & Kierston Drier.

See you at the next festivals.

– Matthew Toffolo

Short Film: THE WAVES, 4min., UK, Animation

 

 An artist returns to his work after suffering a mental breakdown.

  • Film Type:
    Animation
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: 21ST CENTURY HERMIT, 3min., UK, Documentary

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Sister Rachel Denton has vowed to spend the rest of her life living as a consecrated hermit in the Catholic faith. A hermit is a person who chooses to live alone, with the intention of finding God. Rarely leaving her house, she lives a life of prayer and solitude. However, she uses the internet and social media to share her experience and distance herself from physically interacting with society.

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  • Film Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color

Short Film: HONEYMOON, 3min., Switzerland, Romance

Ndn1A man and a woman meet in a bar for the first time.

  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Nuit de Noces
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 19, 2017
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Film Language:
    French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2:35
  • Film Color:
    Color

Director BIO: Garmamie Sideau

Director Biography

Garmamie sideau

Garmamie Sideau is an independent filmmaker, public affairs consultant and combat sports commentator/researcher. This Canadian artist is involved in various visual storytelling projects and he also works as a web communications and marketing advisor for clients in the public, private and not for profit sector. For the last 5 years Garmamie has been working on a long form documentary on the development of Judo and Ju Jitsu in Ethiopia.

Director Statement

Stupid smartphone therapy is an experimental journey of a daughter and father’s vacation abroad and their mutual and unhealthy relationship to their smartphones.

This unhealthy relationship to their smartphones is augmented by variety of personal and social themes such as: parenting, workaholism, a bi-racial cultural identity, the social need to belong and the value of self-defence.

Both daughter-father duo are confronted by a crisis as they’re transplanted from various key landmarks in Berlin, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. The smartphone role is key to their understanding of themselves and their lives.

Short Film: STUPID SMARTPHONE THERAPY, 4min., Germany,

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The social impacts of various technological innovations are redefining the role of human relationships and communication in a growing globally connected and diverse digital world. Meet Serena, a biracial German teenager on a dream vacation to Canada with Henok, her smartphone addicted workaholic father. Serena’s dream vacation is quickly tuned into a puzzling and challenging nightmare of personal conflicts involving smartphones, identity, belonging and jiujitsu.

  • Film Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Foreign
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 28, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada, Germany
  • Film Language:
    English, German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color